Stephen Shoop

TBA Dissertation

Texas Bandmasters Association Dissertation

This area is about my doctoral dissertation titled The Texas Bandmasters Association:  A 

Historical Study of Activities, Contributions, and Leadership (1920-1997).  The document 

was completed in 2000 at the University of North Texas.  


Shoop, Stephen Scott, The Texas Bandmasters Association:  A Historical Study of Activities, Contributions, and Leadership (1920-1997).  Doctor of Philosophy (Music Education), May, 2000, 306 pp., bibliography, 173 titles.

The purpose of the study was to investigate the leadership role of the Texas Bandmasters Association (1920-1997) in the development of the band program in Texas.  It sought to determine TBA's effect on the band movement in Texas, and ascertain how the TBA has contributed to the emphasis on performance focus that is associated with the Texas band tradition.  In doing so, the study also provided information regarding the association's goals, purposes, activities, and contributions during the time period under investigation.

The historical data for the study was compiled from documentary sources and personal interview.  Documentary sources included minutes of meetings from 1920-1997, information contained in various periodicals including the Southwestern Musician combined with the Texas Music Educator, and a nearly complete set of clinic-convention programs.  Historical data from past researchers, including several masters theses and doctoral dissertations, and tapes and transcripts of interviews conducted by past researchers, as well as interviews conducted by this researcher, were also utilized.  Much of the historical data for the study was located at the Texas Music Educators Association archives, housed at the association headquarters in Austin, Texas.

The researcher identified five periods of the association's history.  In addition to developing a historical chronology, the study identified prominent leaders for each historical period and explored how these individuals shaped the development of the association, which has grown from a small group of municipal bandmasters in 1920, into the largest state band association in the world, with over 2,200 active members.  The researcher chronicles the events that led up to the first annual clinic-convention in 1948, and continues through the fiftieth clinic-convention in 1997.  Although the first clinic-conventions focused on new music and the marching band exclusively, over the years this original concept has expanded and now encompasses virtually every aspect of band work.

The study sought answers to the following research questions:  (1) Who were the primary leaders of the association during each historical period?  (2) What was TBA's leadership structure during each period?  What was its effect on the growth and development of the association?  (3) What were TBA's goals and activities during each historical period and to what extent were the goals of the association achieved?  What role did the leadership play in achieving these goals? What were TBA's contributions to the band movement in Texas during each historical period?  (4) TBA has come to find its present niche in the presentation of an annual clinic-convention centered, at least initially, on new music and the marching band.  What was the role of the leadership in making this present state of affairs become reality?

Using a previous leadership model, the researcher found that the leaders identified were mainly elected officers and/or executive secretaries of the association. The leadership structure changed over the years in order to meet the association's needs at the time. Goals, activities, and contributions were discussed for each historical period and evaluations were made regarding the extent to which the association's goals were achieved. Finally, the role of the leadership in making the current state of affairs become reality was discussed, as well as recommendations for further research.

More information about my dissertation will be posted soon.
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